Welcome by Provincial Grand Master Bro. Andrew Duncan Millar
First of all my apologies for the delay in posting this, my first welcome address to the PGL Website. I had been waiting , hopefully, on a full resumption of normal Masonic activities as we exited from the Covid-19 restrictions but sadly that longed for exit still seems to be eluding to us. Nevertheless we have, thankfully, been able to meet and I am greatly encouraged by the steps the Lodges and indeed all Brethren in the Province have taken to resume such activities that I suspect will be the norm for a little while yet.
Most Lodges have now had business meetings and indeed some have had Installations and Degree meetings – all I hasten to add held within the regulations laid down by both Grand Lodge and the Scottish Government. I am again indebted particularly to Lodge Secretaries and indeed the Provincial Grand Secretary for all their hard work in this respect.
It really has been wonderful to be back amongst the Brethren after such a dark and difficult period for us all. We must not forget, however, that we have had many Brethren who have passed to the Grand Lodge above and one of the cruellest aspects of the restrictions has been our inability to pay full and proper respect to departed merit. We also must remember not only those Brethren but the members of all Brethren’s families who have fallen victim to this cruel virus. I think it has been vitally important for Lodges to restart meetings and get back to their normal Masonic calendar as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, there are some Lodges who do not yet feel comfortable about the situation and I would just like to assure them that I, my Commissioned Office Bearers and indeed every member of Provincial Grand Lodge stands ready to support them in any way possible.
These are very difficult times we are living through. As a Province we have been very fortunate indeed to have been led for the last 5 years (and especially during the early period of restrictions) by IPPGM Bill Perry and his team. In particular , Brother Bill has had his full share of personal issues to deal with but , irrespective of these , he has been unfailing in his commitment to the Province, to the support and encouragement of all Brethren and has met all challenges Masonic and otherwise with good grace and an extended the hand of friendship to all.
The PGL charity for the 5 years of my Commission will be Children’s Hospices Across Scotland “CHAS” and my Commission will shortly be putting forward initiatives to support CHAS which I trust will, in turn, get your support.
Whilst I know from experience the Lodges generosity to the PGM’s chosen charity, I would also urge Lodges to continue to recognise and support charities and good causes in their local areas.
Brethren, please continue to recognise that while life is not back to what we had hoped for as yet, great strides have been made. So continue to stay safe and well and I look forward to meeting you all in the very near future.
A very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year to you all.
Andrew D. Millar
Provincial Grand Master
8th December 2021